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At Long Last, New Jersey Now Exempts Combat Pay from Taxes

September 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ  – New Jersey is no longer the only state to tax combat pay for members of the military, thanks to a new law signed on Monday by Governor Phil Murphy.  The law now excludes combat pay from gross taxable income under the New Jersey income tax. 

“Members of the military put everything on the line for our state and our ...

Rep. Chris Smith Calls for Creation of Public Land for Veterans' Treatment, Therapy

WASHINGTON, DC -  Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) hailed the recent passage fo the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act that would provide increased access to federal lands for the purposes of veterans’ medical therapy.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, between 11 and 20 percent of veterans who served in ...

Steps to Strengthen New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Industry Now Law

TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey residents killed by ...

‘Historic Moment’ for Hamilton Township as Consolidation of Fire Districts Gets State Approval

HAMILTON, NJ -- After years of proposals, studies, and political debate, the consolidation of Hamilton Township’s Fire District’s is one step close to becoming reality. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Local Finance Board unanimously approved the plan on Wednesday.

Noting that conversations on the issued have been ongoing for nearly 20 years Hamilton Township ...

The Flag will Fly Over NJ Roadways After Public Outcry

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Stars and Stripes will fly again over New Jersey’s roadways.  After public outcry over the removal of the flags on New Jersey Turnpike overpasses, Governor Phil Murphy said that the American flags will remain displayed.

In Robbinsville Township, flags were recently removed from seven New Jersey Turnpike overpasses. Flags were not removed from the ...

Hamilton Municipal Offices to Reopen to the Public

HAMILTON, NJ -- After months of being closed to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to the public, Hamilton Township municipal offices will be reopening to the public on Tuesday, September 8 by appointment. 

Township Offices will be closed on Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day Holiday.   Garbage will not be picked up that day either. 

Appointments will be ...

'Focus on the Common Goals' Says Mayor Martin in State of Hamilton Township Address

HAMILTON, NJ – Delayed from earlier this year so that officials could keep focus on efforts to stave off the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin delivered his annual State of the Township address Thursday via video. 

Martin began his address by thanking the first responders, health care workers, and the community for coming together in recent months during the ...

New Law Allows Municipalities, Counties to Issue Coronavirus Relief Bonds

TRENTON, NJ  – Governor Phil Murphy signed a new law on Monday to allow municipalities and counties to borrow funds to cover revenue shortfalls and expenditures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, by issuing bonds and notes. The measure was sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Assemblymen Dan Benson and Wayne DeAngelo (both D-Mercer/Middlesex) to provide all available ...

How Do We Keep the Power on in NJ? Legislature Probes Problems, Seeks Answers

TRENTON, NJ -- In a four-hour hearing on Wednesday, the State General Assembly heard from utility companies and mayors about the challenges, and possible solutions, to keeping the power on more reliably.

The joint meeting of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex), and the Assembly Homeland Security and ...

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NJ Human Services Providing an Additional $42.4 Million More in Food Assistance

September 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ  –  Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in October to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An additional estimated $42.4 million will be provided to about 243,000 New Jersey households for October.

SNAP ...

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Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello Sworn in as New President of COANJ

September 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello was recently sworn in as president of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) in a ceremony at the Statehouse Annex in Trenton.  She was elected to the position by her fellow county clerks from all 21 New Jersey counties. 

“I’m so thrilled and honored to be able to lead this bi-partisan ...

Mercer County Government Offices Reopening

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County government offices began to reopen to the public on Monday, after more than six months of being closed during the ongoing COVID-10 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

The various departments within the County government that will be open to the public, by appointment only include: home energy assistance; veterans services, planning, and others.  The ...

Mercer County to Provide At-Home, On-Site COVID Tests

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced on Friday that the County will be providing at-home and on-site COVID-19 testing services under a new contract with Vault Medical Services of New Jersey.  The $357,500 contract, which is being funded by a State of New Jersey Coronavirus Relief Fund grant, was approved by the Board of Chosen Freeholders ...

Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

I Won’t ‘Stand By’ and Let Hate Win

September 30, 2020

“Stand by.” It’s those two words that best sum up my early, consistent, and ever growing support of Vice President Joe Biden in his bid to serve as our Nation’s leader.

You see, when given the opportunity, on a national stage, to unequivocally repudiate White Supremacy, and call on his supporters to maintain peace in the days following the close of voting, including ...

Plant Trees Now for Decades of Shade and Beauty

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and available space. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for ...

Paterson Will Pilot Guaranteed Income

“I'm now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In June 2020, a coalition of mayors founded Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) to advocate for direct, recurring cash payments to everyday ...

NJ Human Services Providing an Additional $42.4 Million More in Food Assistance

September 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ  –  Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in October to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An additional estimated $42.4 million will be provided to about 243,000 New Jersey households for October.

SNAP ...

Trenton Renewables Recycles Food Waste to Create Renewable Energy

With new regulations mandating the recycling of food waste taking effect in 2021, Trenton Renewables, New Jersey’s only food waste recycling and Class I Renewable Energy Facility, today hosted a plant tour and briefing to engage the community about this new legislation and showcase New Jersey’s continued leadership in fostering a thriving, green economy.

Effective in 2021, NJ ...

New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

It’s Harvest Time! 5 Fun New Jersey Wineries to Visit this Autumn

Wine experts say that fall is prime time for visiting wineries in New Jersey because it is the harvest season, when grapes are ripe on the vine.  

Over the years, the Garden State has earned credibility as a quality wine-producing state, in great part due to its fertile soil.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day this season, consider a trip to one of ...